Board of Directors
Role of the Board
The role of the Board is to establish a vision for the future of the Co-op and govern the cooperative towards these ends. At Daily, our Board governs via our By-Laws and our Policies. In addition to governance, the Board provides fiduciary and management oversight.
Our Ends Policy (listed below) is used to guide our organization in every decision that we make. The general manager regularly reports on Daily’s progress toward achieving our Ends.
- Daily Groceries Co-op Board of Directors Policy Register
- Daily Groceries Co-op Articles of Incorporation & Merger with 2014 Amendment
- Daily Groceries Co-op Bylaws Adopted 10/15/12
Daily Groceries’ Ends Policy
In Athens there will be a thriving, local, cooperative economy; a fun, inspiring place to shop and learn; a hub for community and civic engagement; and a source of excellent food.
Your 2018 Board of Directors
A Message from Delene…
“Dear Owner Members,
With my new year’s resolution of creating more life-work balance, I made the tough decision to rotate off Daily’s Board at the end of 2017. Still, after 6 amazing years of Board service, I can’t help but feel that I got more from Daily than I gave. As outgoing Chair, I wanted to take a moment to thank Daily’s Owners, my fellow Board Members, our GM Lisa Merva, our staff, and all potential Board Members (which, if you’re reading this, is you!) for this opportunity. As y’all probably can guess, I love Daily. I find the cooperatively owned business model endlessly fascinating and challenging- a democratically controlled business established to collectively meet the needs and aspirations of its Owners and community. In Daily’s case, we were founded by Athenians who wanted to buy an apple within walking distance when larger chain grocers were moving away from downtown. Over the past 25 years Daily has become a full service grocery store providing access to and for local produce/baked goods/dairy/meat; the best deli sandwiches anywhere; and all the bulk items and dry goods you can possibly cram into a 1,000 square foot store. Daily has managed to create jobs while surviving in an incredibly competitive retail and real estate market. To do this Daily has been in a constant state of evolution- in my short time on the Board, Daily implemented an electronic Point of Sale system; hired paid staff; issued Owner Member shares; conducted a Market Study; set up an LLC to take investments for expansion; and adopted a Policy Governance approach to monitor Daily’s success and areas needing improvement. This constant rate of change is not for the faint of heart. It reminds me of the hero’s journey: the hero finds herself confronted with a challenge. To find a way through the challenge, our hero descends into the underworld where her old tools and security blankets are no longer effective. But she finds guides and new tools along the path and eventually resurfaces on the other side as a stronger, smarter hero. This analogy might be a little overly dramatic, but Daily’s commitment to the triple bottom line (people, planet, and profit) creates both challenges and opportunities in the world of capitalism. By its nature the co-op is a slow-moving organization chasing huge aspirations in a surprising vehicle; a tiny grocery store, tucked away on Prince Ave, laden with high expectations. I’ve loved my time on the Board and will continue to support Daily on its hero’s journey as an Owner and shopper. Thank you for being a part of this journey. I look forward to seeing you at the co-op!
Thanks and Love,
(Daily Board 2012-2017)”
The Board is having exciting discussions right now about the future of Daily and expanding the local and cooperative economy. If you are an Owner-Member and would like to join the conversation, consider attending a board meeting.
Upcoming Board Meetings:
We hold Board Meetings once a month and all Owner-Members are welcome.
- Wednesday, May 9th, 7:00-8:00pm
Location: The new Collective Harvest office (940 W Broad Street)
Future dates TBD
*Owner-Member forum begins 15 minutes after the start of the meeting.
2018 Board Meeting Minutes:
- January 2018